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Release: July 14, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WATSON READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JULY 24 -- Midwestern novelist Larry Watson will read from his new book, "Laura," at 8 p.m. Monday, July 24 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Bill Ott wrote for the American Library Association's Booklist magazine, "The story of Paul Finley, son of a charismatic Boston book editor, begins in the 1950s, when 11-year-old Paul meets 22-year-old poet Laura Coe Pettit, his father's lover. We follow Paul through childhood and adulthood, as his parents divorce, his father dies, and he marries. Throughout it all, though, it is his obsession with Laura that drives his inner life.

"When he finally attempts to act on his longing for Laura, to say yes to life for the first time, we are as embarrassed as we are inspired. Watson never takes the easy way out: Paul is both a romantic hero (a Freudian's Heathcliff) and a silly fool. The great strength of this uncompromising novel is the way Watson portrays coming-of-age as a decidedly mixed blessing."

Watson's other books include "Justice," "White Crosses," "Leaving Dakota" and "In a Dark Time." "Montana 1948" was an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Regional Book Award from the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association, a recipient of the Friends of American Writers Award for best fiction of the year, and a "Critics' Choice" for best books of the year by the San Francisco Review of Books.

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DES MOINES WRITERS READ 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JULY 25 -- Two natives of Des Moines, short-story writer Winifred Moranville and poet David Wolf, will read from their work at
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Moranville's new collection is "The Record Player and Other Stories." She works as a food and travel editor.

In addition to the collection "Open Season," Wolf's work has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, including The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Poet & Critic, River Styx Magazine and Stand Alone. He has taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan, Drake University and Iowa State University.

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SHELTON READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JULY 27 -- Inspirational writer Rev. Mary Murray Shelton, the author of "Nourishing Thoughts," will read from her new book, "Guidance From the Darkness," at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Shelton, a Religious Science minister, is an instructor in the Holmes Institute School of Ministry. She serves on the International Board of Trustees for the United Church of Religious Science.

In "Guidance From the Darkness" she reflects on years of working with congregants to bring new and hopeful interpretations of the experience of the personal darkness of change, fear, anger, brokenness and death.

Shelton writes of her book, "While inner wisdom is available to us all the time, usually we are more receptive to it during times of challenge. At those times we KNOW we don't know what to do, while ordinarily we erroneously THINK we do know what to do. Pain isn't unique, but how we respond to it can make all the difference in how it impacts our lives."

For additional information on Shelton and her ministry, visit her web site at <http://www.marymurrayshelton.com>.

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POETS MEAD AND GARREN READ 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JULY 28 -- Poets Jane Mead and Christine Garren will read from their work at 8 p.m. Friday, July 28 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" broadcast series, originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM.

Mead, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop who is a writer-in-residence at Wake Forest University, is the author of "The Lord and the General Din of the World," winner of the 1995 Kathryn A. Morton Prize

Regan Good wrote in the Providence Phoenix, "Mead tells of her father's substance abuse, as well as her own struggles with 'the junkie's twilight sleep,' detoxes, suicide, and feelings of isolation. In a measured, first-person style, she engages in active verbal battle with the Creator, defining her Lord against modern horrors and personal confusions."

Her poems appear regularly in publications including the American Poetry Review, the New York Times, the Iowa Review, Ploughshares, the Antioch Review and the Washington Post, and have been anthologized in "The Best American Poetry of 1990," "Poets Choice" and "Voices On The Landscape." Mead is the recipient of grants from the Whiting and Lannan Foundations.

Christine Garren's "Afterworld" was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1993. Her forthcoming volume is "Among Monarchs."

W.S. Di Piero wrote, "I like Christine Garren's poetry for its fervor and idiosyncrasy. It lives in the common places of daily life but opens into mysterious invisible orders. And James McMicheal wrote, "Christine Garren calls up again and again how it feels to be touched by some relatively familiar thing that happens. . . Her poems confirm that there's as much at stake in evanescences as we've always suspected but not found ways to say."

Garren received a 1999-2000 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.